This past year in wrestling can been summed up by the phrase ‘forbidden door’, with the likes of AEW, IMPACT Wrestling, and New Japan all working together to some extent.
Now, AEW lead announcer Jim Ross has given his thoughts on the arrangements, especially the relationship between AEW and NJPW. Speaking to DAZN, JR said the following:
"I'd love to see us do more with New Japan. I had my little run there for three years doing New Japan voiceovers with Josh Barnett. I developed a friendship with a lot of those guys, just like I've done with this roster. I'm pulling for them. I know how talented a lot of those dudes are. I would like to see a pay-per-view with Okada challenging Kenny Omega for the AEW title. Why not? That's easy layup booking, but there's a history there. There's a backstory. You could lead into this thing for weeks and weeks until the day came for the big event. So things like that excite me.
“They got a lot of great talent over there that could match up with some of our guys. Darby [Allin] would be great. [Chris] Jericho had his run there and drew money. He sold tickets. I think there's a possibility that could happen down the road. I'm not in that circle. I'm not leaking any information that I shouldn't be talking about out of school. But I just think it makes too much common sense that once these COVID issues have been better addressed globally, I think that could happen. It may not be this year. But I think somewhere down the road. We're not going away. They're not going away. So when the time is right, you never know. I think it'd be fun for the fans.”
With reports of WWE looking to form a relationship with NJPW, it seems these deals may not be as straight forward as we first assumed.